Wednesday 2 February 2005

    By Maria Ahmed and Derren Hayes

    CPS to ignore victim’s wishes

    New guidance for prosecuting cases of domestic violence will
    warn victims that they many sometimes be called to give evidence
    against their wishes.

    The guidance, launched today by the Crown Prosecution Service, says
    that such decisions will be taken only by an experienced prosecutor
    after consultation with the police.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 2

    Teen drink tactic

    A report on teenage drinking for the Joseph Rowntree Trust
    published today suggests creating a network of special premises to
    help underage drinkers manage their alcohol consumption.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 2 February 2005 page 5

    Unions threaten Blair attempt to keep party
    united

    Tony Blair’s efforts to keep the Labour party united for
    May’s probable election began to unravel yesterday as the
    trade unions including T & G and Unison shattered a fragile
    truce by announcing a strike ballot of hundreds of thousands of
    public sector workers. Union officials involved are predicting an
    overwhelming vote in favour of action.

    Source:- The Financial Times Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 3

    Schools to get help with bad behaviour

    Groups of schools are to be given funding and responsibility to
    tackle disruptive pupils by jointly buying in expert help.

    Ruth Kelly, education secretary, used a speech in Blackpool
    yesterday to pledge “zero tolerance” of bad behaviour
    in schools.

    Source:- The Financial Times Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 4

    Government attacked for ‘hypocritical’
    attitude to Freedom of Information Act

    Minister’s promises to usher in a new age of freedom of
    information has failed to materialise, with scores of requests to
    open the government to public scrutiny being rejected.

    About 4,000 requests have been received across central government
    but MPs and journalists claim the government has breached its own
    legislation by failing to meet the Freedom of Information
    Act’s statutory deadline.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 2 February 2005 page
    2

    Disability benefit cut but those who go back to work
    will get bonus

    The government will announce the biggest shake-up to benefits
    for the sick and disabled for 60 years today by removing the
    financial incentive for people to remain on incapacity
    benefit.

    Alan Johnson, the secretary of state for work and pensions, will
    publish a five-year welfare plan to restrict the level of benefit,
    which is paid to 2.7 million people at a cost of £6.7 billion
    a year.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 2 February 2005 page
    19

    Straitjacket may be brought back into the
    NHS

    The straitkjacket, the restraining garment that came to
    symbolise the harsh treatment of mental health patients, may
    return, with the NHS considering its reintroduction in a modern
    form.

    Some members of an influential government group looking into how to
    manage violent and aggressive patients have been in talks with US
    firm that manufactures and sells restraints.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005 page 3
    and Society Guardian pages 2-3

    More parents teach their children at home

    Bullying is said to be the main concern of families who are
    opting out of mainstream education

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005 page
    5

    Father wins benefits appeal

    A rule which means separated fathers can claim no benefits for
    their child even if they share almost equal care is
    “grotesque” and “degrading” and brings the
    law into disrepute, according to an appeal court ruling.

    The judgement, by Lord Justice Ward, came after Eugen Hockenjos, a
    father from north London, who shares care of his two children,
    challenged the department for work and pensions over the rule that
    child-related benefits can be paid to only one parents after a
    split.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005 page 6
    and Society Guardian page 9

    Minder gets three years for baby death

    A child-minder who shook a five-month baby to death out of
    “frustration and exasperation” because he would not go
    to sleep, was yesterday jailed for three years for
    manslaughter.

    Rebecca Wilson from Bolton was found guilty at Liverpool Crown
    Court of shaking Anil Joshi on 8 January 2003, while his parents
    were at work.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005 page
    7

    Connexions may be replaced

    Connexions, the careers and guidance service for young people
    set up less than four years ago and costing more than £450
    million a year, is facing the axe in its current form under reforms
    to be published next month in the government’s youth green
    paper on March 10.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005 page 11

    The death of Gareth Price shames us all

    Incarceration will not stop youth crime, it is a measure of our
    failure, says David Ramsbotham, a former chief inspector of
    prisons

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005 page
    26

    Inside track on jail survival

    Ex-offender Andy Evans publishes website for the not-so-old
    lags

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 4

    Hard times in Notting Hill

    The Other Notting Hill, a new book, charts the history of a
    trust set up to help poor tenants

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 4

    Command performance

    Sir Ian Blair, London’s new chief of police talks about
    balancing racial harmony and public safety

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 6-7

    Walls of silence

    In the macho world of prisons, victims of sexual abuse are
    reluctant to ‘show weakness’ by talking about their
    torment. But now a former psychiatric nurse has devised a safe way
    to seek help.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 8

    Age shall not weary him…

    Sir Derek Wanless on how he aims to put care of older people
    high on the political agenda

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 February 2005
    page 10

    Scottish newspapers

    Eight years on, sick list still used to conceal unemployment
    level

    More than two-thirds of Scottish people deemed too sick to work
    in the last year have come straight off the jobless register.

    Of the 82,600 people who joined Scotland’s army of incapacity
    benefit claimants last year, 55,200 had previously been registered
    unemployed.

    The figures undermine Labour’s claims to have stopped using
    the list to conceal unemployment.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 2 February

    Blair to curb incapacity benefits and push people into
    work

    Labour will outline a five-year plan for the welfare state aimed
    at driving people off benefits and back to work.

    Tony Blair set the tone yesterday with a speech in Manchester where
    he promised to end rules that mean people claiming incapacity
    benefit get more money the longer they spend on the sick-list.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 2 February

    Priory boss denies care home failures

    The head of the Priory chain of rehabilitation clinics ran a
    care home that mistreated older people, the General Medical Council
    has heard.

    Dr Chai Patel, who faces being struck off if found guilty of
    serious professional misconduct, is accused of failing to
    “safeguard the health, safety and welfare” of residents at Lynde
    House, Twickenham, in his role as chief executive of the
    home’s owner, Westminster Healthcare.

    Dr Patel is accused of failing to investigate claims in a letter
    sent to him that residents at the home were left drenched in their
    own urine and that general standards of care were poor.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 2 February

    Scots children who go straight from school to
    nowhere

    Two of every five children to leave some of Glasgow’s
    schools are unable to find a job, new figures show.

    Some commentators say the figures highlight a huge cultural
    challenge for Scotland – how to break the cycle of
    joblessness and dependency in some of the country’s most
    deprived areas.

    Some believe the jobs are there but say the responsibility lies
    with schools to train and engage children more effectively during
    their education so they want to get into the workplace.

    Source:- The Herald Wednesday 2 February

     

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